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Current members



Research interests

Principal investigators


Michelle Arkin, PhD

Thomas William and Frederick John MacWilliam Distinguished Professor

Codirector, Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC)

Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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chemical biology, protein-protein interactions, screening, cancer, neurodegenerative disease, neglected diseases


Adam Renslo, PhD

Codirector, Small Molecule Discovery Center (SMDC)

Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

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drug targeting technologies, iron in biology and disease, novel small molecule pharmacology, fragment-based lead discovery


Ninwe Maraha, PhD
Laboratory Manager
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Kazuko Olson
Administrative Officer
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Senior scientists

Amos Espinosa
Junior Specialist
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drug discovery, high-throughput screening, cell-based assay development, toxicology, complex in vitro models


Priya Jaishankar, MS
Specialist, Medicinal Chemistry
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lead discovery and optimization for bacterial and viral disease

Greg Lee, PhD
Specialist, Biophysics
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structural biology, protein NMR, protein biophysics, protein dynamics, protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions

Jeff Neitz, PhD
Associate Adjunct Professor, Chemistry
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synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, neurodegenerative disease, cancer

Grace Pohan, MS
Assistant Specialist
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high-throughput screening, cell-based assay development, drug liver-induced injury, early stage drug discovery

Postdoctoral scholars

Andrew Abrose, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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drug discovery, molecular biology, HTS assay development, neurodegenerative disease, chemical biology
Ziwen Jiang, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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chemical biology, protein-protein interactions

Markella Konstantinidou, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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medicinal chemistry, synthetic chemistry, multicomponent reactions, drug design

Yu-Hsuan Kuo, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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chemical biology, proteomics, protein-protein interactions
John Morrow, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar
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in silico drug discovery, cancer, protein-protein interactions, structural biology and dynamics, computational chemistry, high-performance computing

Graduate students

Chad Altobelli
CCB Graduate Student
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genetic disorders, protein-protein interactions, structural biology, medicinal chemistry

Marcus Chin, MPhil
PSPG Graduate Student
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high-throughput drug screening, Alzheimer’s disease, tau pathology

Dyana Kenanova
CCB Graduate Student
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protein-protein interactions, high throughput screening, metabolic disease, medicinal chemistry, and chemical biology
Holly Vickery
CCB Graduate Student
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chemical biology, high-throughput screening, cancer biology, protein-protein interactions

Former members



Now at

May H. Abdelaziz, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX

Yassir Younis Adam, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar MyoKardia
Kenny Ang, PhD Specialist  
Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Assistant Professor, Chemistry, University of Minnesota
Yuliya Birman Graduate Student Research Associate, Biodesy

Brian Blank, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

ORIC Pharmaceuticals, South San Francisco

Clifford Bryant, MS Specialist  

Stacie Bulfer, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Senior Scientist, Deciphera Pharmaceuticals, Lawrence, KS

Mark Burlingame, PhD


UCSF Mass Spectrometry Facility

Paul Burroughs Staff Research Associate  
Sheng Chen, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar  
Steven Chen Specialist GE

Jonathan Choy, PhD

Graduate Student

Sr. Scientist, Merck, South San Francisco, CA

Julia Davies Senior Scientist  
Shubhankar Dutta, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar  

Yao Fan, PhD


Senior Scientist, Boehringer Ingelheim

Shaun Fontaine, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Scientist, ProLynx LLC, San Francisco

Allejandra Gallardo-Godoy, PhD


Senior Researcher, University of Queensland

Ken Hallenbeck Graduate Student Senior Scientific Researcher, Genentech

Brian Hearn, PhD


Associate Director, ProLynx LLC, San Francisco

Frantz Jean-Francois, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Scientist II, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Frederick, MD

Auke Koops Graduate Student Intern  

Erica Lauterwasser, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Scientist, BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany

Sumit Mahajan, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Director, Drug Development, Globavir Biosciences, Los Altos, CA

Sarine Markossian, PhD Specialist  
Daniel Medina-Cleghorn, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Scientist, Nurix Therapeutics

Connie Merron


Informatics Specialist, Recombinant Antibody Network, UCSF

Joseph Mulvaney Specialist

Senior Software Engineer, Schrödinger, New York, NY

Maxime van den Oetelaar Visitor Graduate Eindhoven University of Technology
Angela Reese Associate Specialist  
Annet Saris Graduate Student Intern  
Takeshi Shida, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar  

Hiroki Shimizu PhD

Visiting Scientist

Research Scientist, Daichi Sankyo, Japan

Ben Spangler, PhD

Graduate Student

Postdoc, Novartis Institute of Biomedical Research (NIBR) Emeryville, CA

Poulami Talukder, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Scientist, Tiba Biotech LLC, Cambridge, MA

Yinyan Tang, PhD


Scientist, Nektar Therapeutics, San Francisco, CA

David Turner, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Scientist, Leidos, Frederick, MD

Kurt Van Horn, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Research Scientist, Cambrex

Punitha Vedantham, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Organic / Medicinal Chemistry Specialist Vibrant Sciences, Burlingame, CA

Chris Wilson, PhD Associate Director  
Mengqi Zhong, PhD Postdoctoral Scholar Scientist, REVOLUTION Medicines